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Dontari Poe gets big bonus for not weighing more than 340 pounds

Former Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe laughed with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib after a game last season.
Former Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe laughed with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib after a game last season. deulitt@kcstar.com

Here’s a weight-loss plan anyone could follow: lose a few pounds and make $125,000 in the process.

Former Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe needed to weigh 340 pounds or less on Tuesday to trigger a bonus clause in his contract with the Atlanta Falcons that would pay him $125,000. That’s according to ESPN’s Field Yates:

That’s quite an incentive for a player who was the focus of the “Hungry Pig Right” play that the Chiefs ran last season.

But that’s just one part of the bonus. According to thefalconholic.com, Poe has a $500,000 workout bonus, divided into payments following each of four weigh-ins between Tuesday and a Nov. 5 game against Carolina (that works out to $125,000 per trip to the scale).

Poe, who was listed at 346 pounds on NFL.com on Tuesday morning, apparently will be getting his money.

After taking part in practice on Tuesday, Poe was asked about his weigh-in.

“I’m where they needed me to be at at this point, we’ll just keep it at that,” Poe told reporters. “I’ve been focused on it, so we could have weighed in at any point and time today, I was where I needed to be.”

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn confirmed that Poe reached his goal.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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